Sex Less Satisfying For Diabetic Women
A new study published online in Obstetrics & Gynecology indicates that diabetes might be a risk factor for sexual issues in women, as it is known to be in men.
According to the study's researchers at the University of California San Francisco, diabetic women were more likely to report experiencing low levels of sexual satisfaction compared to women without diabetes even though they reported having sex as frequently. Furthermore, the low levels of satisfaction were especially profound if the diabetic women were taking insulin.
The researchers wrote,
"While many diabetic women are interested and engaged in sexual activity, diabetes is associated with a markedly decreased sexual quality of life in women."
Survey of 2,270 women
They reached this and other conclusions by analyzing the answers given by 2,270 women from Kaiser Permanente Northern California to a questionnaire on sexual activity. The mean age for the women was 55. Of the 2,270, 486 had been diagnosed with diabetes and slightly more than five percent of them were on insulin.
Those women who were taking insulin more often reported problems with vaginal lubrication and reaching orgasm compared to women either without diabetes or with the disease but not on insulin.
Additionally, these same women also more frequently reported that their health condition had an impact on their sex life compared to the other two groups.
Researchers suggested that doctors ought to begin assessing their female diabetic patients for sexual problems, particularly if they're on insulin.
Source: MedPage Today